Award win for firm which keeps ships safe at sea

Graeme Gibbon Brooks, Managing Director Dryad Maritime Intelligence (centre) receiving the Fleet Security Management Award. To his left; Tim Kent, Technical Director, Lloyds List and to his right, Peter Blackhurst, Head of Maritime Safety Services, Inmarsat '''Picture: Nikki Carpenter
Graeme Gibbon Brooks, Managing Director Dryad Maritime Intelligence (centre) receiving the Fleet Security Management Award. To his left; Tim Kent, Technical Director, Lloyds List and to his right, Peter Blackhurst, Head of Maritime Safety Services, Inmarsat '''Picture: Nikki Carpenter
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A PORTSMOUTH firm which helps ships around the world keep out of trouble has won an award for its services.

Dryad Maritime Intelligence won the IHS Safety at Sea Management and Operations award.

It is the first major accolade the firm has been given.

The firm’s managing director, Graeme Gibbon Brooks, said: ‘We are very proud and honoured to have received this prestigious award.

‘To achieve such recognition in the maritime security industry is the culmination and proof of the hard work that everybody at Dryad Maritime Intelligence has put into the business over the past 12 months and, indeed, the past six years.’

The firm’s workforce are mainly former Royal Navy personnel, who analyse data from a range of sources from all around the world in order to identify threats and pass on accurate information to the shipping community.

This could be anything from pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden, to monitoring the movement of nuclear dust clouds over Japan.

Everyone from captains of yachts to those in charge of cargo ships gets the data, which mainly focuses on high risk areas such as the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Guinea, and the Malacca Straight, where piracy is rife and where ships from the Royal Navy are regularly deployed as a deterrent.

More than 100 shipping industry executives attended the awards, which honour firms and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the maritime safety industry in the last year.

Judge Peter Blackhurst, of award sponsor Inmarsat, said: ‘Dryad’s entry stood out because it had all the right ingredients. Their Fleet Security Management service identified a real need within the shipping industry for a product which thoroughly understood the risks and threats of operating in the maritime environment.

‘Dryad’s approach to handling and applying intelligence in the commercial sector through the FSM service marked another welcome step for the industry toward improving and safeguarding lives and vessels at sea.’